THE ARMOUR OF GOD
EPH. 6:11-18
 

Today’s Bible Teaching and the song is about the armour of God, and is the 3rd part in a series on the armour of God.  In the previous teaching we learned about what we must do to put on the armour of God and why we need to put on the armour of God. In this teaching we will begin to learn about the different parts of the armour, where they go and why they go there.

 

“Therefore put on God’s complete armor, that you may be able to resist and stand your ground on the evil day [of danger], and, having done all [the crisis demands], to stand [firmly in your place].” Eph. 6:13, Paul reminds us that we need to put on the complete armour of God and not just parts of it and why.  As Soldiers in God’s army we need each and every piece of this armour in order for it to be complete and us ready to engage the enemy in battle head on.

 

“Stand therefore [hold your ground], having tightened the belt of truth around your loins and having put on the breastplate of integrity and of moral rectitude and right standing with God,” Eph. 6:14 When we have the armour of God on we ordered “HOLD OUR GROUND, to STAND FIRM”. Why because we have all of the pieces of Gods armour on.

 

Once we have the armour of God on the first enemy that will enage you is fear, and fear can cripple us and cause us to take off the armour of God or it can streathen us by focusing on our Lord Jesus and listening to His voice as he instructs us. Renenber what Jesus said in Matthew 10:28 (CJB) “Do not fear those who kill the body but are powerless to kill the soul. Rather, fear him who can destroy both soul and body in Gei-Hinnom (hell).” (Please read the devotional on fear to understand what biblical fear is)

 

The rest of the series will be on each piece of Gods armour, what it is, where it goes and why. Please visit Today’s Bible Teaching web site and take advange of the other bible tools that you will find there like, past devotionals, CCRO teachings, bible forum, prayer board and while there sign the guestbook please. Go to https://www.todaysbibleteaching.com

 

Norman

 
Do Not Be Afraid – Tanner Clark

Darkness, it can only last so long
Then sunshine brings a new day
Your shackles, they will fall to the ground
Do not be afraid

Don’t be afraid for I’m with you
Do not fear for I won’t let you fall
So come to me with your burdens heavy
Do not be afraid

Fear, ain’t nothing but liar
When doubt comes knocking at your door
On your knees, you’ll find peace and
You don’t need to be afraid

Don’t be afraid for I’m with you
Do not fear, I won’t let you fall
So come to me with your burdens heavy
Do not be afraid

Because in your heart
There lies a comfort
That no one can dethrone
So come to me
And I’ll guarantee
You will never be alone

Don’t be afraid for I’m with you
Don’t fear, I won’t let you fall
So come to me with your burdens heavy
Don’t be afraid for I’m with you
Do not fear, I won’t let you fall
So come to me with your burdens heavy
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
Do not be afraid
 

 

The Bible, the gospel, Christ, the church, the faith—all are one great battle cry against fear in the lives of human beings. Fear is, somehow or other, the archenemy itself. It crouches in people’s hearts. It hollows out their insides, until their resistance and strength are spent and they suddenly break down. Fear secretly gnaws and eats away at all the ties that bind a person to God and to others, and when in a time of need that person reaches for those ties and clings to them, they break and the individual sinks back into himself or herself, helpless and despairing, while hell rejoices.

 

Now fear leers that person in the face, saying: Here we are all by ourselves, you and I, now I’m showing you my true face. And anyone who has seen naked fear revealed, who has been its victim in terrifying loneliness— fear of an important decision; fear of a heavy stroke of fate, losing one’s job, an illness; fear of a vice that one can no longer resist, to which one is enslaved; fear of disgrace; fear of another person; fear of dying—that person knows that fear is only one of the faces of evil itself, one form by which the world, at enmity with God, grasps for someone. Nothing can make a human being so conscious of the reality of powers opposed to God in our lives as this loneliness, this helplessness, this fog spreading over everything, this sense that there is no way out, and this raving impulse to get oneself out of this hell of hopelessness.

 

Have you ever seen someone in the grip of fear? It’s dreadful in a child, but even more dreadful in an adult: the staring eyes, the shivering like an animal, the pleading attempt to defend oneself. Fear takes away a person’s humanity. This is not what the creature made by God looks like—this person belongs to the devil, this enslaved, broken-down, sick creature.

 

But the human being doesn’t have to be afraid; we should not be afraid! That is what makes humans different from all other creatures. In the midst of every situation where there is no way out, where nothing is clear, where it is our fault, we know that there is hope, and this hope is called: Thy will be done, yes, thy will is being done. “This world must fall, God stands above all, his thoughts unswayed, his Word unstayed, his will forever our ground and hope.” Do you ask: How do you know? Then we name the name of the One who makes the evil inside us recoil, who makes fear and anxiety themselves tremble with fear and puts them to flight. We name the One who overcame fear and led it captive in the victory procession, who nailed it to the cross and committed it to oblivion; we name the One who is the shout of victory of humankind redeemed from the fear of death—Jesus Christ, the Crucified and Living One. He alone is Lord over fear; it knows him as its master; it gives way to him alone. So look to Christ when you are afraid, think of Christ, keep him before your eyes, call upon Christ and pray to him, believe that he is with you now, helping you . . .

 

Then fear will grow pale and fade away, and you will be free, through your faith in our strong and living Savior, Jesus Christ.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer